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“New York steak” – A prime cut from Kawasaki, the birth of the first...

69 means different things to different people, but when it comes to motorcycling in the relatively modern era, it means only one thing – Honda CB750 Four K naught. The launch of the Honda...

The “UNRIDEABLES”, a time of two-stroke terror!

Back in 2003 MotoGP saw the end of the 500cc two-stroke era in favour of the mighty 1000cc four-strokes. It also saw the introduction of massive strides in electronics, where riders could depend more...

DUC TAILS

I took a stroll through Ducati SA's Centurion premises a short while ago ogling all the Duc's on display. I am a long time Ducati fan and yet strangely , have never owned one....

Honda RC166 and 174 – Hitting the opposition for six!

21 days of lockdown gives one time to get to things that you keep on putting on the back burner as we rush through our ridiculously busy lives. I have a collection of motorcycle...

Around the World Motorcycle Travellers

Nothing excited me more as a sixteen year old, than getting up at dawn on a beautiful Sunday summers morning. Throw on jeans, T-shirt and jacket. Grab my open face helmet and gloves and...

Motorcycle Gunslingers

From the moment that engine got mounted onto a bicycle to create the first motorcycle, men have tried to make these contraptions go faster. Quite why we have been obsessed with speed, I really...

Motorcycle Advertising from the 1970’s

It’s fascinating to page through one of my 1977 bike magazines. The articles are fascinating in that emission standards were introduced and enforced in the ‘States for the first time. The Cycle magazine editorial...

Damn! Was My Face Red!

For those of you that started your motorcycling in the early 70’s, do you remember learning to ride? Invariably it meant getting to grips with a 50cc bike or, as schoolboys of the day...

THE DUNLOP STORY

It’s amazing how many things get invented by people involved in the most mundane pastimes. In the case of John Boyd Dunlop, back in 1889, it was watching his son on his tricycle. The...

Discovering a beautifully restored 1957 BSA Gold Star 500 whilst renewing my wife’s driver’s...

Meeting Mike Longley proves once again that there is a silver lining to every dark cloud. As it turned out it wasn’t a cloud but rather a Star and the lining was Gold not...

The Tuning fork Phenomenon – Yamaha Motor Company

Torakusu Yamaha was born in a small rural village in Japan in 1851. Fascinated by Western technology, he qualified as a watchmaker after completing his schooling. Blessed with an enquiring mind and an exceptional...

The Indian Story

The relatively small American City of Springfield, Massachusetts, was founded in 1636 and has been home to some iconic American brands. Springfield Armory produced the first American musket in 1794 and later, the legendary...

Quick Chicks!

There is just something about women in leathers. I’m not talking about your average rally going lady in leather pants that are meant to do the job of a corset. Or, as the lady...

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